Domestic violence affects one in four women. Most of us know someone who is or was a victim of domestic violence. Maybe it is you.
But, how do we help end domestic violence? Left unchecked, domestic violence will continue to thrive and even increase. Some of us have lived; some of us are in denial. Domestic violence not only affects the person being abused, but children and family members as they witness it. Here are some steps you can take to help others (or yourself) when it comes to domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: How You Can Help
1. Bring up the issue with others.
Confront a friend or relative in a loving way of your concerns. Be ready with information, whether it be shelters or lending space in your home to protect from abuse. Show zero tolerance if you suspect abuse. Many in abusive situations are so far ingrained in the behavior and unhealthy "dance" that it has become the norm. Even if they don't listen (this time), you have "planted a seed."
2. Take any extra money or items you have and donate to your local shelter.
People and children that end up in shelters likely feel ashamed, lost and confused. Providing much-needed items for shelters helps them know they will be all right.
3. Get involved.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) encourages us to "like" them on Facebook and share in their "31 facts in 31 days" on domestic violence facts. Display their images as profile pictures on your Facebook page and consider donating.